Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #73

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

It is telling that, in the post-truth, or post-fact society, we are told that facts no longer matter: emotions matter. In the post-fact world each individual stands on different grounds, isolated in their own technologically mediated echo chambers and filter bubbles that feed them information increasingly foreign to any commonly recognized actual state of affairs. In Leibnizian terms, a post-fact world implies that compossibility* is wearing thin, that experiences and events are no longer reciprocally presupposed. Untethered to any common historical thread, liberated from the constraints of a compossible real, free-floating affects now wishful-think themselves into oblivion. As our predictive landscapes abandon their commitments to realism, our self-fulfilling hyperstitions now diffract into a plethora of unconnected and worldless strivings. (p.19)

Extracted taken from Wilson, A. (2017) Techno-Optimism and Rational Superstition. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 21(2–3): 1–21.

* According to Wilson (23017), Leibnitz held that the world “exists nowhere but in the reciprocal meetings of different simple substances, which correspond to events of experience. The compossibility of the facts of the world results from the reciprocal inclusion of every point of view upon the world. A world’s possibilities are therefore constrained by the compatibility of the contingent truths that occupy it. Nothing can happen that is not compossible with what has already happened, and retroactively, nothing that has happened in the past can have been incompossible with what is currently before us.” (p.10)


REFLECTIONS: The First Purge

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Last week, I finally got round to watching The First Purge (2018), the last installment in the four-film franchise and a prequel to the first film in the sequence, The Purge (2013).


In earlier blog posts, I offered some brief Counter-Racist reflections on the first three films (The White Supremacist Purge, The (White Supremacist) Purge: Anarchy, A Brief Further Reflection on The Purge: Anarchy, and The Purge: Election Year) and in what follows, I should like to share a collection of ‘scattered reflections’ on the latest film in the franchise, once again from a Counter-Racist perspective. Continue reading

The Purge: Election Year

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.


I’m currently re-watching The Purge: Election Year (2016), third installment in the B-movie sci-fi/horror franchise The Purge, with a view to preparing myself for latest installment, viz. The First Purge (2018), a prequel to the first film, The Purge (2013).

I recently watched the second installment, The Purge: Anarchy (2014), which is superior to the first film in terms of its pacing, delivery, plotting and, from a specifically Counter-Racist perspective, exploration of White Supremacist (Racist) themes.

In what follows, I should like to offer a few observations about the relationship between the second and third installments in the franchise with respect to their exploration of ‘race matters’. In this connection, I should like to begin by sharing some screenshots from The Purge: Election Year:

The Purge - Election Year - 2.JPG

The Purge - Election Year - 3

The latter two stills depict the identity of those employed by the NFFA (New Founding Fathers of America) to effect ‘low-level’, ‘on-the-ground’ operations as a proxy of government – in this particular instance, capture of a white female senator who wishes to end ‘the purge’. Insofar as the NFFA constitute White Supremacist (Racist) government in its more refined/sophisticated/covert form, the above points to a more crude/unrefined/overt manifestation of the same system.

Purge and Purify.JPG

The above scene depicts a meeting of the NFFA and its supporters in a church wherein a white member of the clergy calls upon members of the congregation to ‘purge and purify’, a cleansing of the sin of potential violence effected through its actualization. What interests me here is the religio-racial appeal to ‘purity’ and/as whiteness.

Having completed my viewing of the film, I consider it a much weaker installment in the franchise vis-a-vis its treatment of race/racism (White Supremacy) than The Purge: Anarchy  which I have posted about previously:

That said, I look forward to The First Purge given that this will be the first installment in the franchise not directed by its writer, James DeMonaco, but by black male director Gerald McMurray whose other work includes the excellent Fruitvale Station (2013).

Interested readers might want to check out the following third-party piece exploring the purge timeline:

The Purge Movie Timeline Explained: 2014 – 2040


Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #72

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider the following statement as an example of how identity/universality and difference/individuality are conjoined ‘flip-sides’ within the logic of Racism (White Supremacy):

The discourse of universalism functions similarly to the discourse of individualism
but instead of declaring that we all need to see each other as individuals
(everyone is different), the person declares that we all need to see each other as
human beings (everyone is the same).

Extract taken from DiAngelo, R. (2011) White Fragility. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy 3(3): 54-70.


Heidegger and The Islamicate

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.


(Left-to-right: Dr Syed Mustafa Ali, Professor Zenep Direk and Dr Nader Shokrollahi)

Dr Syed Mustafa Ali, Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at The Open University (UK), presented a paper entitled “Heidegger and the Islamicate: Transversals and Reversals” at the Heidegger in the Islamicate World international conference which took place at the University of Bern in Switzerland on 2-4 November 2016. A revised version of this paper is to be included as a contribution for a forthcoming book in the New Heidegger Series.

Here is the conference abstract:

Heidegger and the Islamicate: Transversals and Reversals

This talk problematizes the question concerning ‘Heidegger in the Islamicate’ as Orientalist and Eurocentric on the ground of two arguments:

The first, transversal, argument, by unsettling the idea that Islamicate space is coterminous with geography and the conception of the Islamicate as necessarily situated beyond Europe, addresses the engagement with Heideggerian thought on the part of Muslim thinkers in the West. In this context, the talk will examine the importance of Heideggerian thought in the Murabitun movement as an example of how European Muslims, in their diagnosis of a perceived malaise in the European civilizational project, expose the need to go beyond Heidegger’s thought in order to engage with the resources of the Islamicate tradition.

The second, reversal, argument considers the possibility of an Islamicate genealogy for Heideggerian thought in accordance with an understanding of genealogies as cross-civilizational and non-reductive. In this context, the paper draws on Caputo, Sikka and others to establish Heidegger’s indebtedness to mystical thought, especially Meister
Eckhart, and on Kakaie’s work highlighting the influence of Ibn Sīnā on Meister Eckhart.


The End-Game Failure of Westphalia?

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.


An extremely important essay written by white male Jamie Bartlett, director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos based in London.

Here’s a brief extract:

Try to imagine a world without countries – you can’t. Our sense of who we are, our loyalties, our rights and obligations, are bound up in them.

Which is all rather odd, since they’re not really that old.

Here is a link to the essay which is hosted by Aeon.